Ellie turned two months last week, which meant it was time for her next checkup. We visited Dr. Guerra yesterday with a happy baby and a list of questions. (I’m somewhat proud that we haven’t needed to pester him with questions since the early days.)
Our little girl is healthy and growing:
- 11 pounds 5.5 ounces, putting her in the 75th percentile for weight.
- 24 inches long, which is something like the 97th percentile for height.
- I didn’t catch the head measurement, but Dr. G said it was also in the 75th percentile range.
The answers to our questions were summed up mostly as, “Yes, that’s normal.” He suggested that, in addition to massaging the tear duct on her goopy left eye, we put a little baby shampoo on the eyelid to kill the bacteria in that area and give the duct a chance to drain normally; if that doesn’t help, there’s some medicine we can give her later.
The two-month checkup also marks the start of her vaccinations. We weren’t looking forward to multiple shots in our girl, but she held up like a champ. She received one oral vaccine (for rotavirus), much of which ended up on her chin, but that was okay as long as she ingested some of it. After that, she got three very quick injections into her thighs, which cover diphtheria, tetanus, pertussis (whooping cough), polio, Pneumococcal conjugate, and Hib (Haemophilus Influenzae Type b).
She hasn’t shown many ill effects after the injections. She was obviously not happy at the time, but a bottle helped ease the pain (or maybe she was mostly hungry). Last night she had some surly moments, but otherwise she slept well during the night and woke up appearing fine. We go back in for her next checkup at four months.